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Meet the finalists

meet the finalists

Four playoff winners will join the 20 teams that qualify through the groups.

  • Group A : Turkey, Italy, Wales, Switzerland
  • Group B : Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Russia
  • Group C : Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, play-off champion D
  • Group D : England, Croatia, play-off champion C, Czech Republic
  • Group E : Spain, Sweden, Poland, play-off champion B
  • Group F : play-off winner A, Portugal, France, Germany

Group A

TURKEY

Group H registration: P10 W7 D2 L1 F18 A3
Qualifying top scorer: Cenk Tosun (5)
UEFA EURO is the best: semifinals (2008)
UEFA EURO 2016: group stage

Highlights: Turkey 2-0 France

Match Summary: Turkey 2-0 France

Coach: Senol Gunes
The goalkeeper of Trabzonspor and Turkey, who won the championship six times, Güneş coached his country to the third place in the only FIFA World Cup in 2002&#39. He won two championships in charge of Beşiktaş-#39 before returning to the Turkey role in 2019.

Key player: Cenk Tosun
As Everton's boss during a successful collaboration with Beşiktaş, Güneş knows how to make the most of Turkey's offensive focus. Not extraordinarily fast or gigantic, but a hardworking and thoroughbred finisher.

Someone to watch: Merih Demiral
Merih left Alanyaspor for Sassuolo in 2019 and coach Sergen Yalçın said, "Turkey has a defender in the next ten years". He quickly moved on to Juventus&#39, where he overcame an ACL injury that would have knocked him out of the originally scheduled finals. Merih turns 23 before the finals.

Do you know?
Turkey qualified to participate in five of the last seven EURO&#39, which made it to the finals for the first time in 1996&#39.

ITALY

Group J record : P10 W10 D0 L0 F37 A4
Qualifying top scorer : Andrea Belotti (5)
UEFA EURO is the best : winners (1968)
UEFA EURO 2016 : quarterfinals, lost 6-5 to Germany&#39 on penalties after 1-1 draw

Highlights: Italy 9-1 Armenia

Highlights: Italy 9-1 Armenia

Coach: Roberto Mancini
Despite being one of the best strikers of his generation, Mancini, who has never been so lucky with the Azzurri, is eager to shine as an international coach after winning club trophies in Italy, England and Turkey.

Key player: Marco Verratti
Like his coach, the midfielder has not replicated his club form with the national team. Mancini&#39's ball-based football looks perfect for the Parisian.

Someone to watch: Gianluigi Donnarumma
At 21, goalkeeper Donnarumma is already seasoned, has been playing first-team football for years, but has big gloves to fill as he tries to replace Gianluigi Buffon.

Do you know?
Italy's flawless EURO qualifying campaign ended by beating Armenia 9-1 in Palermo. It was their national record 11th victory, giving them ten wins in a calendar year for the first time. If he scored another goal, it would be matched by his biggest win ever: 9-0 against the United States in 1948&#39.

WALES

Group E registration : P8 W4 D2 L2 F10 A6
Top goalscorers : Gareth Bale (2), Kieffer Moore (2), Aaron Ramsey (2)
UEFA EURO is the best : semi-finals (2016)
UEFA EURO 2016 : semi-finals, lost 2-0 to Portugal&#39

Highlights: Wales 2-0 Hungary

Highlights: Wales 2-0 Hungary

Coach: Ryan Giggs
Giggs spent his entire playing career at Manchester United, breaking a record 963 times, winning the Premier League 13 times and lifting the UEFA Champions League trophy in 1999 and 2008. He played for Wales between 1991 and 2007, scoring 12 goals and playing 64 times, and was appointed as the national team boss in January 2018.

Key player: Gareth Bale
Despite turning 31 in the summer, Bale is still the talisman and Wales' all-time record marksman. He's a huge influence on and off the pitch and now at Tottenham&#39, he has scored crucial goals throughout his international career since debuting in 2006&#39.

Someone to watch: Daniel James
The 23-year-old winger joined Manchester United in the months after scoring a vital goal in their 1-0 win in the opening match of their qualifying campaign against Slovakia in their debut match for Wales&#39. He'll love the chance to show his awesome pace in the finals of a major tournament.

Do you know?
Founded in 1876, the Football Association of Wales is the third oldest national association in world football, after England (1863) and Scotland (1873).

SWITZERLAND

Group D registration: P8 W5 D2 L1 F19 A6
Qualifying top scorer: Cedric Itten (3)
UEFA EURO is the best: round of 16 (2016)
UEFA EURO 2016: Round 16, lost 5-4 on penalties to Poland&#39 after a 1-1 draw

Highlights: Switzerland 2-0 Republic of Ireland

Highlights: Switzerland 2-0 Republic of Ireland

Coach: Vladimir Petkovic
Born in Sarajevo, Petković has called Switzerland home since 1997/#39 and took over the national team in 2014/#39. Switzerland has not advanced to a grand final since then.

Key player: Granit Xhaka
A solid toolmaker with excellent vision, Xhaka is the glue that binds this Swiss side together. The fact that Switzerland took a 3-0 lead against Denmark in the 79th minute after Xhaka's 79th minute change to win the March 2019 qualifiers tells you a lot.

Someone to watch: Breel Embolo
Striker Embolo made a fresh start at Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2019&#39 after overcoming a series of injuries. Powerful, versatile and blessed with a big pace, the 23-year-old is a handful.

Do you know?
Switzerland has successfully negotiated each group stage under Petković, but has yet to win a qualifying match: at the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, EURO 2016 and UEFA Nations League.

Group B

DENMARK

Group D registration: P8 W4 D4 L0 F23 A6
Qualifying top scorer: Christian Eriksen (5)
UEFA EURO is the best: winners (1992)
UEFA EURO 2016: did not qualify

Highlights: Denmark 1-0 Switzerland

Highlights: Denmark 1-0 Switzerland

Coach: Kasper Hjulmand
After the originally scheduled finals, the former Nordsjælland coach appointed to replace Åge Hareide&#39 still took over in July 2020&#39.

Key player: Christian Eriksen
With 100 caps in the bag, the 28-year-old is among the best attacking midfielders in the world, a technical player who triggered Denmark&#39.

Someone to watch: Jacob Bruun Larsen
Fast progressive Larsen, who likens himself to the Marco Reus model, joined Hoffenheim from Dortmund in January 2020, after a year when he made his debut in Denmark.

Do you know?
Denmark failed to qualify for the EURO '92'but was drafted ten days before the start following the exclusion of Yugoslavia&#39.

FINLAND

Group J record : P10 W6 D0 L4 F16 A10
Qualifying top scorer
: Teemu Pukki (10)
UEFA EURO is the best : No
UEFA EURO 2016 : did not qualify

Highlights: Finland 3-0 Liechtenstein

Highlights: Finland 3-0 Liechtenstein

Coach: Markku Kanerva
A five-time Finnish champion with HJK, Kanerva spent 12 years with the under-21 national team before taking the reins in 2016' and served as an assistant for the senior team.

Key player: Teemu Pukki
Long known as a player with great goal-scoring abilities, Pukki has found another piece of equipment since signing for Norwich in 2018. Their goals have strengthened Finland's latest success.

Person to watch: Fredrik Jensen
The 23-year-old Augsburg winger has developed a happy knack for hitting the ground running with the senior national team.

Do you know?
Prior to Finland's 2020 qualification, 33/#39 of UEFA's 55 national association members had previously made a EURO final.

BELGIUM

Group I registration : P10 W10 D0 L0 F40 A3
Qualifying top scorer : Romelu Lukaku (7)
UEFA EURO is the best : runners-up (1980)
UEFA EURO 2016 : quarter-finals, lost 3-1 to Wales&#39

Highlights: Belgium 9-0 San Marino

Highlights: Belgium 9-0 San Marino

Coach: Roberto Martinez
Spanish midfielder Martínez, who has been aiming in English football, has been in charge of Belgium since 2016&#39.

Key player: Kevin De Bruyne
The 2019/20 UEFA Champions League midfielder of the season has amassed four goals and seven assists in just six EURO qualifiers. Roberto Martínez&#39's key provider has set 20 Premier League goals for Manchester City in the 2019/20 season, matching Thierry Henry&#39's league record.

Someone to watch: Youri Tielemans
A relatively young 23 on a side full of established talent, Leicester&#39's versatile midfielder delivers a poisonous shot from afar, not to mention a great dispersion.

Do you know?
The Red Devils are the best national team in the world according to the current FIFA ranking.

RUSSIA

Group I record: P10 W8 D0 L2 F33 A8
Qualifying top scorer: Artem Dzyuba (9)
UEFA EURO is the best:
winner (1960, as USSR), semi-final (2008)
UEFA EURO 2016:
group stage

Highlights: Russia 4-0 Scotland

Highlights: Russia 4-0 Scotland

Coach: Stanislav Cherchesov
The former Spartak Moskva and Russia goalkeeper took control in the summer of 2016 and, after two years of mixed friendly results, led the hosts to the quarterfinals of the 2018 World Cup.

Key player: Artem Dzyuba
Zenit&#39's power forward is approaching Aleksandr Kerzhakov&#39's record of 30/#39, the captain of Russia&#39 and the top scorer among active international football players.

to watch someone: Dmitri Barinov
The 24-year-old midfielder entered Russia for the first time in 2019#39 after winning the 2013 Under-17 EURO and the 2015 Under-19 EURO runner-up.

Do you know?
Russia failed to win five EURO finals; Their last win was the Czech Republic's 4-1 knockdown at UEFA EURO 2012 opening.

C group

NETHERLANDS

Group C registration : P8 W6 D1 L1 F24 A7
Qualifying top scorer : Georginio Wijnaldum (8)
UEFA EURO is the best : winners (1988)
UEFA EURO 2016 : did not qualify

Highlights: Germany 2-4

Highlights: Germany 2-4 Netherlands

Coach: Frank de Boer
De Boer replaced his former teammate Ronald Koeman, who had previously coached Ajax, Inter, Crystal Palace and Atlanta United, and went to Barcelona in September 2020&#39.

Key player: Memphis Depay
Oranje&#39 has plenty of squad depth, but most of the offensive load falls on the mighty Lyon forward, a tireless runner with an intimidating right foot.

Someone to watch: Donny van de Beek
Identikit's premium Ajax midfielder: excellent control, an eye for the pass, the ability to engage between lines and accurate timing when entering the box. Now at Manchester United&#39.

Do you know?
The Dutch missed the EURO 2016 and 2018 World Cup&#39. Longest absence from the grand finals since the mid-1980s's when they determined their return by winning the EURO '88'

UKRAINE

Group A registration : P8 W6 D2 L0 F17 A4
Qualifying top scorer : Roman Yaremchuk (4)
European Cup best : group stage (2012, 2016)
UEFA EURO 2016 : group stage

Highlights: Ukraine 2-1 Portugal

Highlights: Ukraine 2-1 Portugal

Coach: Andriy Shevchenko
A brilliant striker who won the 2003 UEFA Champions League and 2004 Ballon d'Or&#39 at AC Milan, Shevchenko ranks sixth on the all-time UEFA club competitions scorers list with 67 goals.

Key player: Andriy Yarmolenko
The current top marksman in Ukraine (only 48-year-old Shevchenko has more), Yarmolenko is back in the fray after returning from long-term injury.

Someone to watch: Viktor Tsygankov
The Dynamo man has a tough competition as Yarmolenko and Marlos have been able to fill their preferred position on the Ukraine's right flank, but he still remains a niche.

Do you know?
This is the first time Ukraine has been directly awarded a EURO; They co-hosted in 2012/#39 and beat Slovenia in the play-offs#39 to reach the 2016 event.

AUSTRIA

Group G record : P10 W6 D1 L3 F19 A9
Qualifying top scorer : Marko Arnautovic (6)
UEFA EURO is the best : group stage (2008, 2016)
UEFA EURO 2016 : group stage

Highlights: Austria 2-1 North Macedonia

Highlights: Austria 2-1 North Macedonia

Coach: Franco Foda
Commissioned twice by West Germany, Foda spent most of his coaching career at Sturm Graz, winning league and cup. Austrian boss since the beginning of 2018'

Key player: Marko Arnautovic
Austria has had difficulties unlocking the defense in recent years, but there's always a striker who finds the key in China-based Arnautović&#39.

Someone to watch: Konrad Laimer
A versatile Leipzig youth whose qualifications can be adapted to whatever Foda needs. Laimer provides an engine in midfield, danger on the flanks and a rock on defense.

Do you know?
It has been almost thirty years since Austria's last victory in the grand finals, beating the USA #39 2-1 at the 1990 World Cup and #39.

Group D

ENGLAND

Group A registration : P8 W7 D0 L1 F37 A6
Qualifying top scorer: Harry Kane (12)
UEFA EURO is the best: third place (1968)
UEFA EURO 2016: Lost 2-1 to Iceland&#39.

Highlights: England 5-3 Kosovo

Highlights: England 5-3 Kosovo

Coach: Gareth Southgate
Until he started reviving his country's fortune from the bunker, he was best remembered for missing a penalty in the EURO '96 semi-final.

Key player: Raheem Sterling
Sterling went from formidable winger to fierce forward under Josep Guardiola at Manchester City and entered prolific form for England.

Someone to watch: Jadon Sancho
England haven't had a player so advanced in their development during their teenage years since Wayne Rooney' forward Sancho continues to grow.

Do you know?
The Three Lions had 43 consecutive European Championship and World Cup qualifiers before losing to the Czechs in October 2019.

CROATIA

Group E registration : P8 W5 D2 L1 F17 A7
Qualifying top scorer : Bruno Petkovic (4)
UEFA EURO is the best : quarter-finals (1996, 2008)
UEFA EURO 2016 : Round 16, lost 1-0 to Portugal&#39

Highlights: Croatia 3-1 Slovakia

Highlights: Croatia 3-1 Slovakia

Coach: Zlatko Dalic
A former midfielder who never represented his country, Dalić took over from Ante Čačić&#39 in 2017 and led the team to the 2018 World Cup final.

Key player: Luka Modric
The 2018 Ballon d'Or winner sees Darijo Srna's record 134 caps that not only captain but also set the midfield pace with his vision, energy and slick passes.

Someone to watch: Josip Brekalo
The modern, fast and resourceful Wolfsburg winger is blooming under Zlatko Dalić. In back-to-back matches in October 2020, he scored in a friendly match against Switzerland, and then assisted France and Sweden in the UEFA Nations League, and #39.

Do you know?
Between 1994 and 1999, Croatia moved up 122 places from 125th to third in the FIFA rankings.

CZECH REPUBLIC

Group A record: P8 W5 D0 L3 F13 A11
Qualifying top scorer: Patrik Schick (4)
UEFA EURO is the best: winners (1976, as Czechoslovakia)
UEFA EURO 2016: group stage

Highlights: Czech Republic 2-1 England

Highlights: Czech Republic 2-1 England

Coach: Jaroslav Šilhavý
The 59-year-old, who holds the record for most Czech top-flights (465), won two titles as coach before taking the Czech reins in September 2018.

Key player: Vladimir Darida
The all-action midfielder continuing his trade at Hertha Berlin&#39 leads by example and inspired a surprise knockout victory against England&#39.

Someone to watch: Tomáš Souček
The beating heart of the Czech midfielder redefines what it means to "have good feet for a big man". Czech player of the 2018/19 season, Slavia Praha won the title; Ranked #1 by journalists in 2020' he is now at West Ham&#39.

Do you know?
The Czech Republic, as an independent country, always takes part in the UEFA European Championship and reaches seven consecutive final tournaments.

Group E

SPAIN

Group F registration : P10 W8 D2 L0 F31 A5
Qualifying top scorer : Álvaro Morata, Sergio Ramos, Rodrigo (4)
UEFA EURO is the best : winners (1964, 2008, 2012)
UEFA EURO 2016 : Round of 16 lost 2-0 to Italy&#39

Highlights: Romania 1-2 Spain

Highlights: Romania 1-2 Spain

Coach: Luis Enrique
Luis Enrique resigned in June 2019 for personal reasons, but returned to his post the following November after qualifying was complete. He previously led Barcelona to UEFA Champions League victory in 2015/#39.

Key player: Sergio Ramos
The glue that holds the defense together, Spain's top scorer, is in the top ten after rank in part on the penalty post.

Someone to watch: Ansu Fati
The Barcelona striker set a 95-year record when he became Spain's youngest goalscorer, registering for a 4-0 UEFA Nations League victory against Ukraine at the age of 17 years 311 days.

Do you know?
Spain is the only team to successfully defend the EURO title in 2012&#39.

SWEDEN

Group F registration: P10 W6 D3 L1 F23 A9
Qualifying top scorer: Robin Quaison (5)
UEFA EURO is the best: semifinals (1992)
UEFA EURO 2016: group stage

Highlights: Romania 0-2 Sweden

Highlights: Romania 0-2 Sweden

Coach: Janne Andersson
The minds behind Sweden's latest renaissance lead them to their first World Cup in 12 years, followed by a UEFA Nations League group including Russia and Turkey, leading them to the top.

Key player: Robin Olsen
The loaned Everton guard's reach, physique and secure hands have proven time and again to be invaluable to Sweden.

Someone to watch: Alexander Isak
AIK&#39's youngest goal scorer at 16, the national team at 17, Isak recently turned 21 and is trading at Real Sociedad&#39. The rising forward remains mature beyond his age.

Do you know?
In 1992/#39, host Sweden won a group ahead of England, France and Denmark before being trailed 3-2 by Germany in the semi-finals.

POLAND

Group G record : P10 W8 D1 L1 F18 A5
Qualifying top scorer
: Robert Lewandowski (6)
UEFA EURO is the best
: quarter-finals (2016)
UEFA EURO 2016
: quarterfinals, lost 5-3 to Portugal&#39 on penalties after 1-1 draw

Highlights: Poland 2-0 North Macedonia

Highlights: Poland 2-0 North Macedonia

Coach: Jerzy Brzęczek
The retired midfielder, who won a silver medal with Poland during his days playing at the 1992 Olympics, coached teams such as GKS Katowice and Wisła Płock before taking over the national team in July 2018.

Key player: Robert Lewandowski
The most important player in Poland and the leading marksman of all time, the Bayern striker remains one of the deadliest fighters in the game.

Someone to watch: Krzysztof Piątek
After brief but glamorous spells currently with Genoa and AC Milan, Hertha'da Piątek started his burgeoning Polish career with a goal in nearly two matches.

Do you know?
Head coach Brzęczek is the uncle of Poland&#39's midfielder Jakub Błaszczykowski&#39.

Group F

PORTUGAL

Group B registration : P8 W5 D2 L1 F22 A6
Qualifying top scorer : Cristiano Ronaldo (11)
UEFA EURO is the best : winners (2016)
UEFA EURO 2016 : winners

Highlights: Portugal 6-0 Lithuania

Highlights: Portugal 6-0 Lithuania

Coach: Fernando Santos
Journeyman defender Fernando Santos has coached Portugal's three big clubs and took over the national team in 2014 after serving as Greek boss. He led them to success at EURO 2016&#39 and the first UEFA Nations League&#39.

Key player: Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal's top goalscorer and all-time top scorer will be 36 if he participates in EURO 2020-#39, and he'll scratch a little itch: he never got the highest score in a EURO or World Cup finals

Someone to watch: João Felix
An offensive player with glorious skills, João Félix is the latest star to support an already talented Portuguese side. He made his senior international debut at age 19 in Portugal's successful 2019 UEFA Nations League Finals campaign.

Do you know?
October 2019&#39's defeat to Ukraine&#39 marked Fernando Santos&#39's first defeat to Portugal in a EURO (or indeed Nations League) match – in a qualifying or final tournament – since his appointment in September 2014&#39. Their only defeat in the past was at the World Cup&#39.

FRANCE

Group H registration: P10 W8 D1 L1 F25 A6
Qualifying top scorer: Olivier Giroud (6)
UEFA EURO is the best: winners (1984, 2000)
UEFA EURO 2016: finalists lost 1-0 to Portugal&#39

Highlights: Albania 0-2 France

Highlights: Albania 0-2 France

Coach: Didier Deschamps
Deschamps led Les Bleus&#39 to victory at the 1998 World Cup and EURO 2000&#39. The France boss since 2012' led them to World Cup glory in 2018' and he could get the second international duo of his career at EURO 2020&#39.

Key player: Antoine Griezmann
The influence of the best player and top scorer of EURO 2016&#39 on the team has deepened over time; He scored three points and built seven sets in the EURO 2020 qualifiers and has since surpassed Zinédine Zidane in France&#39's all-time top scorers rankings.

Someone to watch: Clément Lenglet
The centre-back settled in Barcelona with minimal fuss and appears to be the first choice, now with Raphaël Varane at the heart of the Deschamps defence, who made his French debut in June 2019 only in June 2019.

Do you know?
France will participate in the 13th final tournament. They haven't missed a single one since the 1994 World Cup, and have reached five finals in this series and won three.

GERMANY

Group C registration : P8 W7 D0 L1 F30 A7
Qualifying top scorer : Serge Gnabry (8)
UEFA EURO is the best : winners (1972, 1980, 1996)
UEFA EURO 2016 : semi-finals, lost 2-0 to France&#39

Highlights: Germany 6-1 Northern Ireland

Highlights: Germany 6-1 Northern Ireland

Coach: Joachim Low
Freiburg's record king, Löw, has been Germany's coach since 2006' and inspired them for their World Cup victory in 2014&#39.

Key player: Toni Kroos
One of the few veterans of 2014#39 left in a young squad, Kroos is an outstanding setter who set the pace for Germany's passes.

Someone to watch: Kai Havertz
Blessed with superior vision and calm under pressure, Havertz&#39's propensity to glide between lines makes him a perfect fit for Löw&#39's side.

Do you know?
The Finals will be Germany's 26th consecutive major tournament, namely the World Cup or EURO.

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